Race Report: Santa Shuffle 5K 2013 in Ottawa
Duncan and I agreed to close out the 2013 racing season with a fun run, and the Santa Shuffle seemed like a festive treat. Hosted by the Running Room, this race takes place in various cities across Canada. With nominal entry fees ($25/adult, $15/youth, $60/family up to 6, and $175/corporate up to 10), the event is not chip timed or handing out swag. Instead, all proceeds are directed to the Salvation Army.
In Ottawa, the day commences with a 1K Elf Walk, followed by the Santa Shuffle 5K. As can be expected at a Santa Shuffle, there was a sea of Santa hats, in addition to reindeer antlers, kids dressed as presents, and even a Grinch. Duncan and I cheered on the 1K Elves, and then went into the heated tent. In hindsight, we should have waited at the starting line. For some reason, the 5K event started early, without any warning. Many runners were caught inside the tent, and we all had to “shuffle” onto the course. The congestion was heavy until just past the first kilometre, when Duncan and I decided to give ‘er. A mother and daughter duo beside us took the same approach, and we ended up chatting during the entire event. It was great to see Duncan embrace the social side of running, instead of just focusing on speed. All told, the Santa Shuffle was the perfect way to close out 2013!
Total distance per the Garmin was 4.99K with a time of 26:41.